Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for August 1, 2018

In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup

–You have the Right to Repair & Replace—
–CAFÉ Vehicle Emissions Standards might Change Soon—
–Automakers are already cheating emissions again—
–Ford forms a Driverless Car unit—
–Uber quits making Driverless Trucks–

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You Have a Right to Repair and Replace Your Vehicle
As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explains on its website, for everything from trucks to toasters, the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act “makes it illegal for companies to void your warranty or deny coverage under the warranty simply because you used an aftermarket or recycled part.” Although as Road and Track puts it, if your newly upgraded engine sends too much power to the transmission and the transmission fails, the manufacturer “could deny the coverage on that repair.”

Inside the draft roll back for vehicle fuel economy and emissions
The Trump administration is expected to formally roll back vehicle fuel economy and emissions requirements later this week, and a draft version of the EPA-NHTSA rule posted Friday evening by The New York Times offers up details that confirm the many of the changes previously reported. The draft it promises it will save auto companies and car buyers “half a trillion dollars” by overriding the Obama administration standards while having only a “minimal” effect on climate change and air pollution. Under the frozen standards, the combined car and light truck requirements would be up to 37 miles per gallon and 241 grams of CO2 per mile. That represents a significant drop from the GHG targets set under Obama. (NHTSA, of course, never set mileage standards for those years, but the mpg goals are also lower than what would have been expected.)

Automakers Are Already Cheating Emissions Again in the Dumbest Possible Way
In the Year of our Lord 2018, we are what must be 8,000 years from the original start of Dieselgate. A bunch of Volkswagen executives got arrested, everyone agreed to finally make some electric cars, done. Right? Wrong. You thought it was getting better, but instead it’s just getting dumber. The latest idiocy comes to us from the Financial Times: The European Commission has found evidence that carmakers are already manipulating emissions for new standards that come into force in 2020, this time using “tricks” to make test results look worse than they are.

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